Fact Sheet: What Is Flaring?

Flaring is a temporary and necessary practice in oil and natural gas production that is used to ensure safety and mitigate emissions. Despite this, the practice has received negative media​ attention that is often lacking important context.

Production companies strive to find innovative ways to reduce the need to flare, and the results of these efforts are clear: U.S. oil and natural gas production has reached historic highs, ​yet the United States ranks as one of the lowest countries for flaring intensity.

Check out EID’s latest fact sheet to learn more about this important practice and how things like additional pipeline capacity can reduce the need to flare.

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